Dozens of community members will join in a parade of cars around Columbus City Hall to press for emergency housing assistance for people unable to pay rent as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown. At the same time, others will stand in front of City Hall with signs representing workers in some of the most common jobs in the Columbus area, many of whom are now struggling to stay in their homes.
Thursday, May 28, 2020 at noon
Columbus City Hall, 90 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215 (on Front Street near the main entrance)
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, 8 of the 10 most common jobs in the Columbus area paid less than $35,000 a year. These employees have been hit the hardest as their jobs – in retail and food service – were shut down. Thousands are now facing eviction unless they receive rental assistance.
The Columbus City Council took a great first step last Monday by allocating $3 million of federal relief funding to help these families. But there’s another $4 million in federal Community Development Block Grants on the table that the Columbus City Council could use for emergency housing assistance. Social service agencies and owners of affordable housing say this additional help is desperately needed to keep people in their homes. The time to act is NOW before rent is due again on June 1st!
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